A loan of $525 helped a member to buy tools, seeds, and agricultural inputs.

Fassokounawolo 2 Group's story

The 10 women of the group called Fassokounawolo 2 are all married in traditional families. They have an average age of 41 and on average, two children each. They live in the village of N’gara in the region of Ségou (fourth administrative region of Mali). They met through their rainy season agricultural activities or because of bonds of neighborhood, marriage, and kinship in the village. They grow peanuts, millet, and rice. With the aim of buying tools and stocking up on agricultural inputs, the members of the group found Soro Yiriwaso and are on their fourth seasonal loan.

Madame Babou (the first woman standing, from the left in the photo) is very active in rainy-season agricultural activities in the village of N’gara. She intends to use her loan to plow her field, buy seeds and fertilizer, and then pay young people to weed her field. The sale of her agricultural produce is made for cash at the end of the rainy season, to repay her loan and so as to have income to cover the needs of the children and part of those of the family.

In this group: Babou , Sitan , Kadia , Tata , Fatoumata , Mayama, Oumou, Bintou, Awa , Awa

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Teresa Kramer

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